Recent advances in modelling the ocean circulation and its effects on climate

Anderson, David L. T. and Willebrand, Jürgen (1992) Recent advances in modelling the ocean circulation and its effects on climate Reports on Progress in Physics, 55 . pp. 1-37. DOI 10.1088/0034-4885/55/1/001.

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The authors aim to acquaint the reader with the current state of ocean circulation models, their ability to model the present climate state and its variability, and their major shortcomings and uncertainties. They limit the discussion to three-dimensional models of the physical system. They begin by describing the basic structure of circulation models, and discussing various problems with their implementation. They give a brief overview of the types of observational data in oceanography, and the ways in which the data are used. Some results from models of the wind-driven circulation are discussed, with particular emphasis on the dynamics of mesoscale eddies. Considerable progress has been made in understanding short-term variability associated with ENSO, and the authors describe ocean-atmosphere interactions in the tropics as well as results from coupled ocean-atmosphere models for ENSO variability. Models of the thermohaline circulation are described and some emerging ideas regarding long-term changes are given.

Document Type: Article
Research affiliation: OceanRep > GEOMAR > FB1 Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics > FB1-TM Theory and Modeling
Refereed: Yes
DOI etc.: 10.1088/0034-4885/55/1/001
ISSN: 0034-4885
Projects: SFB133
Date Deposited: 01 Mar 2018 07:48
Last Modified: 02 Mar 2018 09:13

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